Monday Musings for 11.1.20


Dear Friends,

Michael Jr. has a way of putting me in a good mood.  I think we all need that, especially on this day before the election.  So I am sending you the video he made with his daughter after the Dodgers won the World Series.  She is so excited they won!  But, as you will see, it’s not because she’s a Dodgers fan.  If the Dodgers had lost game 6, there would have been a game 7, which would have pre-empted “The Masked Singer,” her favorite show.  So, “Go Dodgers!!”

Even though she didn’t like baseball, she was able to find a reason to enjoy a game of baseball.  That’s the moral of the story.  Can you find at least one nice thing to say about something (or someone) you don’t like?

It’s an old story.  Two brothers had a lot of money, but were not very nice people.  One died.  The other went to the pastor who was going to preach the funeral.  He said, “I am prepared to pay the full cost of your new sanctuary.  I only ask one small favor.  Tell the people that my brother was a saint.”  The pastor made the promise and took the money.  At the funeral, he said:  “As I’m sure you know, the man we are laying to rest today was truly an awful man.  He cheated, swindled, disrespected, and mistreated everyone he ever did business with.  However, compared to his brother, he was a saint.”

Can you find something nice to say about the very person you can’t stand?

I said in yesterday’s sermon that I think I know how my mom would have voted, though I know she would have had nice things to say about whoever she didn’t vote for.  That’s just the way she was.

None of us are as bad or as good as other people might think that we are.  We want to demonize certain people and worship certain other people.  Both impulses are wrong.

Here’s what I think.  I think Donald Trump and Joe Biden are both good men who love their country and sincerely want to serve their country and make it better than it was before.  Neither one is a saint, but who is?

On the other hand . . . Yesterday we lit candles for the saints of our church.  The candles were just as bright for every single one.  To be a saint, you don’t have to be perfect.  You just have to be forgiven.

In Christ,